Every beach in Aotearoa contains a long and rich history. Yet if we think we know these places well, our own knowledge and experience can be compared with the size of a grain of sand in relation to the entire beach. This glorious beach has attracted some of New Zealand's finest painters - Albrecht, Binney, Blomfield, Buchanan and Siddell. Writers like Curnow and Stead; filmmakers like Jane Campion, Barry Barclay and Niki Caro. The landcape is both magical and powerful, a magnet for photographers. This book reveals and celebrates their vision as seen in their art. Above all, this is a book about the people who came to this dramatic setting, where the western edge of New Zealand ends in a series of cliffs and steepsided, narrow valleys.